The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met today in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters related to the Council’s work. After much conversation, the bishops decided that in the best interest of the church at this time, they would cancel the Special Session of the General Conference set for May 8, 2021.
The bishops announced that they will dedicate their regularly scheduled April meeting to discussing and considering the results of listening sessions that are occurring and discern a possible need for a new timeline toward General Conference 2020 set for August 29 to September 6, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
At the April meeting, the bishops will also discuss ways to empower the work at the Jurisdictional and Central Conferences.
“Much has been learned over the past few weeks and the extended timeline will allow for even deeper listening by the bishops at the general church level but also in our residential settings,” said Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president of the Council. “We are thankful for the collaboration fostered with the Commission on General Conference and especially grateful for the work that had already begun in the planning for the Special Session.”
Bishop Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference UMC, added, “I invite all to pray for each of our bishops and the Council as a whole as we seek to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit in moving forward.”
More information and details will be shared as they become available.